The Australian Ballet School presents:

SUMMER SEASON 2018 – La Sylphide & Other Works

Enter a world of romance and refinement as The Australian Ballet School presents its highly anticipated end of year performance.

Featuring over 100 students, the program of classical and contemporary works will transport audiences to a realm of artistry and emotion. This season is the result of a year of exploration, learning and inspiring dedication by the talented students, and a unique experience not to be missed.

The Summer Showcase program features:

Wolfgang Dance, choreographed by Simon Dow using Mozart’s wonderful, well-loved first movement Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Waltz from Birthday Celebration, choreographed by Mark Annear, was created for The Australian Ballet School’s 40th Anniversary Gala in 2004 and highlights the flow and beauty of the classical ballet technique.

Heart Strings with choreography by Contemporary Teacher and Resident Choreographer, Margaret Wilson and performed by Level 6 students, is a suite of short dances, each with its own characteristics. The piece depicts “the group” and its dynamics whilst coinciding with one person’s search for identity and belonging.

La Sylphide, choreography after August Bournonville, is an adaptation of an 1832 French ballet of the same name. The original work showcased the technique of the great ballerina Maria Taglioni and announced a new Romantic era of dance.

In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by folk songs in Herman Løvenskiold’s score – meets a spiritual realm, with James, a classic Romantic hero, bewitched by a beautiful and otherworldly sylph.

The matinee performances have two additional pieces – Character Dance and Haydn Symphonywith After School students.

Character Dance choreography by Christine Vavladellis. Character class is an integral part of a dancer’s training and development. There are many examples of character dances within full length ballets, not to mention adaptations of character dances for ballet which include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain; csárdás, mazurka, tarantella, flamenco, etc. Some of the obvious benefits of character dance training are the variety of different musical rhythms and syncopations, flexibility and strength, and stamina development.

Haydn Symphony choreography by Paul Knoblochis inspired by the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, considered the most prolific and prominent composer of the classical period. Driven by the dynamic melody of the score, Paul Knobloch found a way to replicate the music through movement, challenging the dancers to move faster, sharper and with great clarity, at times almost matching each note heard with a movement phrase or step.

Informed by meaningful history and motivated by the exciting possibilities of the future of dance in Australia and abroad, The Australian Ballet School is committed to achieving exceptional student outcomes to produce dancers of the highest calibre for their parent company, The Australian Ballet and companies around the world.

In a unique, nurturing culture that embraces creativity, artistic expression and passion, the School continues to advance the art of ballet, produce dancers with a distinctive Australian style, balancing technique and artistry with educational needs and holistic care, training teachers and developing the artistic leaders of the future.



  • 7.30pm  Friday 7 December
  • 1.30pm Saturday 8 December
  • 7.30pm Saturday 8 December


  • Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse – 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne